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Gainesville man indicted for theft, obstruction and weapon charges
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Kory Matyas Karpich

A Gainesville man who was arrested by local authorities after allegedly escaping a work detail in Cobb County has now been officially charged with theft, obstruction and weapon charges by the Forsyth County Superior Court.

Kory Matyas Karpich, 33, was arrested by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office on March 11 as he attempted to flee from Traditions, a subdivision in south Forsyth, sheriff’s office spokesman Cpl. Doug Rainwater previously told the Forsyth County News.

Authorities said that during the March 11 incident, a homeowner in the subdivision allegedly witnessed Karpich and another suspect “loitering” on his back deck via an outdoor security camera and immediately called 911. Deputies responded to the scene within minutes, surrounded the neighborhood and Karpich was taken into custody after a short chase.

While investigating the neighborhood, deputies discovered a 2018 Mazda SUV parked at the subdivision pool house which had been reported stolen in Milton on March 3, according to a post made to Facebook by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

“[Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office] found numerous items in the Mazda that were stolen out of Milton and Alpharetta,” the post stated. “In addition, the suspect has been identified on video as using stolen credit cards at several businesses in the area.”

Later it was discovered that Karpich was wanted in Cobb County on an escape from custody charge for allegedly walking away from a work release program, Rainwater said.

Cobb County court records show that Karpich was previously charged in 2006 and 2007 with financial transaction card fraud and theft, theft entering auto, obstruction of a police officer, forgery and was charged with an escape in 2013.

According to his indictment, Karpich has been charged for unlawfully receiving the stolen Mazda, for entering one vehicle in the Traditions subdivision, theft of two credit cards from that vehicle, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and for illegally possessing a .38-caliber handgun as a convicted felon.

This case will be presided over by Superior Court Judge Philip C. Smith and will be prosecuted by assistant district attorney Jennifer Scalia.

Attempts to reach Karpich’s legal representative for comment were unsuccessful.

Court records show that Karpich is set to be arraigned in court on Sept. 10.

 Other Forsyth County Superior Court indictments for August include:

  • David Potts, 64, has been formally charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of children. An indictment alleges that in 2016 Potts knowingly possessed three videos depicting a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
  • Eric Maurice Yarborough, 39, has been formally charged with two counts of child molestation and one count of sexual battery. An indictment alleges that on or about Nov. 17, 2018, Yarborough “did commit an immoral and indecent act” to a child under the age of 16.
  • Joseph Anthony Smith, 39, has been formally charged with criminal attempt to commit armed robbery and possession of methamphetamine and drug-related objects. An indictment alleges that on May 16, Smith spray painted an airsoft gun “to make it appear as a real handgun” and traveled to an address in south Forsyth to take the money of a detective from the Alpharetta Police Department.
  • Matthew Steven Ramski, 37, has been formally charged with four counts of sexual exploitation of children and two counts for exploitation of children distribution. An indictment alleges that in January and April of 2019, Ramski “knowingly” possessed and distributed multiple videos depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.